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PLT2990 - Politics of Environmentalism

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


Not offered in 2007


This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to environmental politics, focussing on the politicisation of environmental problems. Students will be introduced to the diverse spectrum of environmental values, the environmental ethics debate, the evolving sustainable development debate at the national and global levels, and the politics of environmental justice. Critical attention will be directed to the structural barriers to ecologically sustainable development, the continuing contradictory environment and development imperatives facing the state and to the different ways in which practices of environmental degradation intersects with different forms of social domination.


Essay (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


A first-year sequence in Politics or permission.